From 1 July, Dr Benoit Crutzen has taken over the position of Erasmus School of Economics Doctoral Director (EDD) from Prof. Aurélien Baillon.
Aurélien Baillon is vacating this post because he was awarded a Starting Grant of 1.5 million euros in March of this year by the European Research Council (ERC). From September of this year he is going to use the Grant for a large-scale five-year research project, alongside his ongoing NWO Vidi research project. It is no longer possible to combine these activities with his duties as EDD.
Looking back says Bauke Visser, director of Tinbergen Institute: ‘Aurélien has been a fantastic EDD. Thanks to his efforts and more than in the past, TI MPhil students found their way to Erasmus School of Economics. He has also been in regular contact with the PhD students during their doctoral research. I am grateful to him for the work he has done.’
Erasmus School of Economics has found a good successor, Benoît Crutzen. Dean Philip Hans Franses: 'Benoit is a very committed colleague, with a warm heart for students, from first year Bachelor to PhD students. We are pleased he will use these qualities to guide our PhD students.' Benoît Crutzen has been part of the Erasmus School of Economics since 2005 in the Department of Economics. His research focuses on political economy, in specific on the organizational aspects within political parties. Crutzen has published articles in the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, the Journal of Law, Economics & Organization and the Journal of Economic Theory. Crutzen won the 'Top Lecturer Award' in 2008/2009, 2009/2010 and 2013/14. He will give the 'Political Economy' course at the Tinbergen Institute next academic year.